THE MENTORING MINUTE

August 2020

From the KMEA Mentoring Network

Janelle Brower, Holly Taylor and Lynn Unruh, State Co-Chairs

Welcome to the August Edition of the KMEA Mentoring Minute!


This monthly communication is offered by your KMEA mentoring team to support you with timely information and resources. Your success is important to us and we are here to help you in whatever way we can. Please feel free to contact your District Mentoring Chair, State Mentoring Chairs or KMEA leadership with questions, concerns and ideas.


There are links to resources that every music educator should have at their fingertips at the bottom of this newsletter. Take some time to review this important information and save it for future reference!

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Join us for a virtual Mentoring Hangout on Saturday, August 29th!

Grab a comfy chair, a cup of coffee, and your fuzzy slippers. This will be a casual opportunity for you to talk to other first and second year music educators. A few third year teachers and some mentors will be there too!


  • Click HERE to join the hangout via Zoom. The hangout begins at 10:30 am and will last for about an hour. You will need to enter the passcode: Connect
  • Click HERE to share some questions in advance.

Mentoring Calendar

UPCOMING EVENTS


Fall District Mentoring Meetings for Beginning Music Educators

  • East Central District: September 8 via Zoom, 5:30 pm. Fall Business meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. Zoom link coming soon.
  • Northeast District: September 14 via Zoom, 6:00 pm. Fall Business meeting begins at 7:00 p.m. Zoom Link coming soon.
  • Southeast District: August 1, Arma High School, 7:00 p.m. Connections were made and a great time was had by all!!
  • North Central District: August 26 via Zoom, Downbeat Meeting. 5:30 social, 5:45 Business Meeting, Zoom link coming soon. Mentoring meeting TBA.
  • South Central District: TBA - this information will be updated as soon as it is available.
  • Northwest District: TBA - this information will be updated as soon as it is available.
  • Southwest District: TBA - this information will be updated as soon as it is available.


Mentoring Hangouts - via Zoom

  • Saturday, August 29, 10:30-11:30. Click HERE to join the hangout. Passcode: Connect
  • Saturday, September 26, Time TBA. Zoom link coming soon


KMEA Mentoring Conference - via GoToWebinar

  • October 24, 2020. More info coming soon.

MENTORING HELPLINES

ECKMEA: Jason Sickel mentoring@eckmea.org
NEKMEA: Anne Neal mentoring@nekmea.org
NCKMEA: Jamie Rogers mentoring@nckmea.org
NWKMEA: Bill Schick mentoring@nwkmea.org
SCKMEA: Gretchen Bixler and Ron Chronister mentoring@sckmea.org
SEKMEA: Mary Jo Harper mentoring@sekmea.org
SWKMEA: Shara Bane mentoring@swkmea.org

UPCOMING DATES AND DEADLINES

Stay up-to-date with all KMEA and KSHSAA events and deadlines with the helpful links below:

Check out the KMEA State Calendar HERE.

Check out the KSHSAA music page HERE.

Check out KMEA District dates and deadlines for your District KMEA below:

East Central District

Northeast District

Southeast District

North Central District

South Central District

Northwest District

Southwest District

SUPPORT FOR STARTING SCHOOL

As you enter the classroom this year (whatever that may look like) it will be helpful to have a wide range of resources available at your finger tips. In addition to your KMEA Mentoring Chairs (for whom you only need to reach out), the first KMEA Mentoring Summer Summit provided a comprehensive resource list. We would like to share it with you again. Visit these sites for information, ideas and possibilities as need arises.


Fall 2020 Guidance for Music Education

  • Instructional Models for music education (face-to-face, virtual, mixed)
  • Standards-based instruction ideas
  • Beginning Instrumental instruction ideas
  • Advocacy


NAfME

National Association of Music Education

Under the FOR TEACHERS tab/heading (top left)

  • · Covid-19 guidelines
  • · Lesson plans
  • · Virtual learning resources
  • · PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT (free) webinars/classes
  • · Publications offered for NAfME members


KMEA

Kansas Music Educators Association

  • Mentoring Program (new teacher handbook)
  • Calendar (important dates for the school year)
  • All-State Honor Groups
  • Conferences (In-Service Workshop)
  • Resources


KMEA DISTRICTS

Northeast

East Central

Southeast

North Central

South Central

Northwest

Southwest


KSHSAA

Kansas High School Activities Association


http://www.kshsaa.org/Public/COVID/PDF/Music-Considerations.pdf

Sample fine arts logistics for music and theatre classes

  • vetted by Kansas Fine Arts Coordinators based on resources available as of July 20, 2020.


AEROSOL STUDY

Aerosol Study Offers Strategies for Conducting High School Performing Arts Programs


EQUIPMENT

COVID-19 Instrument Cleaning Guidelines


ELEMENTARY TEACHERS

Kodaly Music Educators of Kansas - KMEK


Kansas Orff Chapter - KOC


BAND DIRECTORS

Kansas Bandmasters Association – KBA


http://www.kshsaa.org/Public/Music/PDF/SummerGuidelines-Marching%20Bands.pdf

  • One Page KSHSAA MUSIC-SPECIFIC recommendations: feel free to send the entire page to admins.


CHOIR DIRECTORS

Kansas Choral Directors Association – KCDA


ORCHESTRA DIRECTORS

Kansas American String Teachers Association - KASTA


SOCIAL/EMOTIONAL

https://nafme.org/music-education-social-emotional-learning/


SOCIAL MEDIA

MANY subject-specific groups are available on FB, Instagram and Twitter. Several groups have members who offer FREE RESOURCES!

REFER A FIRST YEAR TEACHER OR STUDENT TEACHER

Please help us find our new Kansas Music Educators. We want to make sure that they are are aware of all of the support the KMEA Mentoring Network has to offer. If you are aware of a first or second year teacher or student teacher who is new to Kansas, please share their information HERE.